he UNO Aviation Institute was awarded the Loening Trophy yesterday afternoon during a formal presentation.
The Aviation Institute found out they won the award back in May but actually received the physical trophy yesterday. Scott Vlasek, Director of the Aviation Institute at UNO, credits the Aviation Institute’s win to teamwork.
He says the yearly trophy recognizes the most outstanding collegiate aviation program in the country. Vlasek says aeronautical engineer Grover Loening commissioned the trophy in 1929.
"The first judges were Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh. And Grover was the first aeronautical engineer who worked with the Wright Brothers. So to have Amelia Earhart and the Wright Brothers and Charles Lindbergh and Grover Loening all now tied with the University of Nebraska at Omaha and this trophy is truly amazing for us.”
Vlasek says the trophy was awarded to the Harvard Flying Club the first year. The award takes into account student and faculty achievement as well as community partnerships.
Vlasek says the Loening Trophy will be on display at the Strategic Air and Space Museum for the next year. Details are available here.